A Comeback For Whitney Houston?

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The wonderful thing about showbiz is that it allows for extra chapters upon chapters for those who've got what it takes, the public always managing to rally around a tarnished celeb bravely trying to rise from the ashes one more time.

Whitney Houston is aiming for just that kind of re-ascendance in Hollywood.

The pop singer had a sizzling movie career for a while, culminating with 1992's smash The Bodyguard, but then ... well, you know.

Anyway, along comes Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 Joel Schumacher-penned film about a Supremes-like girl group, complete with triumphs and tragedies.

I love the original movie's grit, the charismatic Lonette McKee performance, and the silky Curtis Mayfield score (which Aretha Franklin recorded on a "soundtrack" album featuring soulful hits like "Something He Can Feel").

And now, Whitney will star in the movie alongside Jordin Sparks as Sparkle, the part once inhabited by the "What a Feeling" gal, Irene Cara.

Whitney's role is Effie, which is generally the fat one in that other girl-group musical, Dreamgirls.

But don't worry -- in this case, it's the mother role originally played by Mary Alice.

Filming just started in Detroit, and I haven't heard of any complaints so far.

So will Whitney actually do it? Will she sparkle? Will she?



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flexfuzz
flexfuzz

If the washed up Whitney can pull it off, it would be the greatest comeback since our Judy in "A Star is Born'.  But this is highly unlikely. She is just too frazzled, an emotional trainwreak as well as too much of a ditzy diva to pull it off.

Imogene
Imogene

I wish Miss Houston the best of luck  on her album.thank you and be strong you will make it.

bsomers
bsomers

Whitney needs to come out of the closet first.

alaker
alaker

God I hope so.  I first saw her perform back in the early 80's at the Front Row Theater in Cleveland, a long defunct theater in the round.  She opened for Jeffery Osborne and it's the only time in my life that I have ever seen a standing O and call for encore from an opening act.  It was magical and she won my heart for so many years....now, (sigh). 

laman
laman

No one really believed she was off the stuff, when she did her last album, and promoted it-than, on tour, came all the reports of her voice sounding awful, forgetting songs, acting erratic.She was gifted with an amazing voice-but lost it. I can only think of Tony Bennett's recent comment, re Amy Winehouse. It's a sin to abuse your talent. Barbra Streisand's almost 70, and regardless of what you think of her, she has always known her voice is a gift. That's whyshe can still sell out concert halls, and record albums, and will go down as a legend. Whitneywill always be thought of as what a waste, or what could have been. 

noodle
noodle

Why does Whitney need to get off the pipe to make a come back, many in the biz are on the pipe and have managed to be successul. It's all about focus people, mama can still hit the pipe and put on a good show if he wants to. 

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

She will "sparkle" in much the same way NEELY O'HARA sparkled ..at the end.

latenitebump
latenitebump

whitney houston STILL sings and acts better than madonna and rihanna, today. i´ve enjoyed the original sparkle in its heyday. fabulous soundtrack. irene cara.

plus, whitney still has her millions unlike lohan and love. WHITNEY HOUSTON IS NOT BROKE.it doesn´t matter if she ever sings, again.

america only wants to hear the star spangled banner, anyway. and she´s already done that!

Barkley
Barkley

Elvis Costello said she looked old even back in the 80s. Her material always sucked I thought.  MOR crap, no fire, no music.

Nonplussed
Nonplussed

No comeback. No. I'm profoundly sorry to say she went out with a whimper many many years ago, there's really nothing left. She was one of the greatest ever.

Michael Khalsa
Michael Khalsa

My god I love Whitney. I prefer her singing but what are you gonna do. I just read Jermaine Jackson's book 'You are not alone' ( would not recommend it) In it he describes how Whitney's 'Saving all my love for you' video was inspired by their unrequited relationship. As well as many other dubious claims.

Oh Whitney even if your voice is not as awe inspiring as it used to be. I will always love you.

DDD
DDD

The big question is whether or not she can stay off drugs long enough to get through shooting a movie - something she was disasterously  unable to do for her last concert tour. 

Wonders of modern science, her hoary-sounding singing voice (the result of 20 years of heavy crack smoking) can of course be cleaned up electronically, so with proper sound-engineering she should "sparkle" in the soundtrack regardless of what she actually sounds like in real life. 

But why even choose Whitney Houston? When she first burst onto the stage a quarter century ago, she had youth, beauty, a wholesome image, and a fantastic voice. Today she possesses none of those things; perhaps her greatest asset is the fact that she's still alive.

Melinda9
Melinda9

Well, we all get older and less sparkly. At least her face work has erased or covered up her crackhead look.

steve
steve

Sparkle...Gigli...Glitter...they're all in the same vein...

Melly
Melly

If by comeback, you mean being on a path that is heavily laden with crack cocaine?  Then yes, she's been/is still going there.

Lost Weekend
Lost Weekend

Compare the album cover shown above with her 1985 debut album, "Whitney."  

She's lost her sparkle; it's sad, the beauty she once once was.... 

Gregorama
Gregorama

I'm wondering if a "comeback" is even possible for her anymore.  By all evidence---her last, awful album, her disastrous live appearances to promote the album, etc.---her voice is shot...and cocaine is a mighty grim reaper indeed.  Vocal cords are very delicate, unforgiving membranes, and years of smoking and drugging have clearly taken a devastating toll on her once pristine instrument.  I don't say this with glee or schadenfreude....it's a terrible waste of one of the great voices of her generation and listening to the wreckage of what all that drugging did is depressing and sad. 

gcndc
gcndc

She's been given numerous chances and fucked them all up.  I prefer for her to just go away, and I don't mean in an Amy Winehouse way.  Just the way of Bobby Brown. 

Bitch
Bitch

Well, at least they're not remaking a classic and ruining it. If they botch this, no one will say "They destroyed my favorite movie!"

Bitch
Bitch

Yeah she looks younger than Lindsay Lohan.

Sakara
Sakara

her time wasn't even right when she hit it big---she got VERY lucky, getting on mtv without any rap music or slutty image, and then she threw it away.

her time is long gone, as though she's part of the jazz era.

LoveMeSomeSparkle1976
LoveMeSomeSparkle1976

Speak for yourself, Bitch.

I wonder who's going to play Philip Michael Thomas's role? He was a fine thing in his youth, yes God hon-tey!

Sakara
Sakara

any teenager if asked would say: whitney who?"

she's gone for good, part of an ancient era; no more million dollar breaks 4 her.

Gocardinals
Gocardinals

Stop hating on Whitney, now. It's her time, again. At least for a hot minute.

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